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CDA Webinars


Innovation and Green Finance - Gearing Capital, Corporates and Science towards a global Circular Economy

Thursday, 30 June 2022

In 2020 the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) acknowledged with its publication ‘The green swan - Central banking and financial stability in the age of climate change’ that the global financial industry is exposed to ‘potentially extremely financially disruptive events that could be behind the next systemic financial crisis’. In the language of the central bankers these are so-called “green swan” risks referencing the black swan metaphor related to the global financial crises around 2009. While this point of view addresses the potentially harmful effects of climate change on the balance of the global financial system one has to look even more closely on the responsibility and the role banks are supposed to play in order to fight global warming, facilitate climate change mitigation and make circular economy a reality in the 21st century.

Against this backdrop it is quite obvious that the financial industry of the industrialised countries of Europe (the West) as well as China – the countries which are responsible for emitting the main fraction of greenhouse gases – is expected to change its investment regime to push green innovations, technologies and industries. Organised in collaboration between CDA and University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) the invited distinguished managers, experts and scholars therefore were expected to shed light on the following questions: How is the transformation to a circular economy implemented in the financial industry and corporations in Europe and China? What is the status-quo of framework conditions for green finance in infrastructure and high-tech investments at the time being? How does green innovation drive the transition of economies and industries?

This webinar on innovation and green finance – with a specific focus on the global windpower industry - was at the same time also the starting point for active contributions of CDA in this context in the coming time.

Some 100 participants from Europe and Asia attended this event.

The final program of this joint CDA-UCAS webinar is available here.

The announcement of this webinar was posted on the UCAS-homepage here.


Welcome Address by UCAS

HONG Yongmiao, Dean of School of Economics and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS SEM), Beijing, P.R. China


Welcome Address by CDA

Alexander G. WELZL, President of CDA



Financing Infrastructure for Tomorrow: AIIB's Approaches and Practices

ZHANG Xing, Senior Climate Policy Specialist, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Beijing, P.R. China


International Cooperation on Global Climate Governance and Low Carbon Transformation

TANG Dingding, Executive Committee Member and Academic Member of the International Finance Forum (IFF); Chairman, Green Trade and Investment Committee of China Association of Environmental Science (CAES), Beijing, P.R. China


Green Windows of Opportunity for Latecomer Development

Roberta RABELLOTTI, Professor of Economics at the Department of Political and Social Science, University of Pavia, Italy


Green Finance and ESG Information Disclosure of China Construction Bank


ZOU Xinju, Chief Manager of ESG and IR, China Construction Bank, Beijing, P.R. China


The EIB Group Climate Bank Roadmap 2021-2025

Auvo KAIKKONEN, Minister Counsellor, Head of Regional Representation (China and Mongolia), European Investment Bank, Delegation of the European Union, Beijing, P.R. China


Implementing the European Green Deal and the Circular Economy Action Plan – the Role of Intesa Sanpaolo

Anna MONTICELLI, Head of Circular Economy Desk, Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center, Intesa Sanpaolo, Turin, Italy



The Contribution of Wind Power Green Finance to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

WU Kai, Vice President of Gold Wind Group, Beijing, P.R. China



Raising Efficiency of Existing and Future Wind Farms - European Digital Innovations to Enhance Global Wind Power Performance for Benefit of Owners and Investors

Poul Anker LUEBKER, CTO of VENTUS GROUP, Denmark and Austria



Towards a Circular Economy – Increasing the Role of Green Finance and Innovation in APEC Cities

Steivan DEFILLA, President Assistant, Professor, APEC Sustainable Energy Center, Tianjin, P.R. China

Educating 21st Century Corporate Leaders Chinese and Western Perspectives

Friday, 28 January 2022

How do Chinese MBA-programs provide management capacity for the 21st century vis a vis their European and US counterparts? Is there a corporate (innovation) management with Chinese characteristics? How can Business Schools tackle the challenges of climate change, digital transformation and urbanization? These are just some of the pressing questions when it comes to analysing the status quo and assessing the future of preparing corporate managers to contribute to tackling the Grand Challenges of societies and economies in our time.

To provide deep insights CDA co-organises this webinar together with the international Association of MBAs (AMBA) having accredited beyond 250 business schools all over the world with more then 40 of them located in China.

The final program of this joint CDA-AMBA webinar is available here.

For attending this online event via zoom prior registration is required. Registration is open on the AMBA-homepage here.

The speakers comprise thought leaders, Deans of leading business schools and experts from multinational enterprises from Europe, China and the US. Contributions will be provided by scholars and experts from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm (Sweden), University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (PR China), MIT in Boston (US), Tsinghua University in Beijing (PR China), Technical University Munich (Germany), Zhejiang University in Hangzhou (PR China), INSEAD in Fontainebleau (France), University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (US), ESADE in Barcelona (Spain) and Fung Group in Hong Kong (PR China).

More than 100 participants from Europe, China, United States, Russia, Middle-East, Asia-Pacific countries (including India, Malaysia, Indonesia) as well as Africa and Latin America registered for this event.



The complete recording of this webinar is available here.



Interdisciplinary introductory remarks from biomedicine:

Corporate Leaders and the Covid-Pandemic: What Future Leaders Can Learn from Healthcare and Life-sciences (oral remarks, no slides)

Lars Y. TERENIUS, European Chair of CDA Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), Professor at Karolinska Institutet, Member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden


KEYNOTE: Managerial Education in Times of Disruption and Global Challenges – Framework Conditions for B-Schools in China

HONG Yongmiao, Dean and Professor of the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences School of Economics and Management, Beijing, PR China



KEYNOTE: Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Supply Chains for the Net Zero Economy - Implications for Management Education and Leadership Development

Pamela MAR, Executive Vice President of Fung Academy, Fung Group, Hong Kong, PR China



The Global MBA-Program at Tsinghua University SEM – Challenges and Opportunities for Educating Managers for China’s MNEs

GAO Xudong, Professor of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, Beijing, PR China



Innovation Management with Chinese Characteristics – Knowledge Flows between Chinese Enterprises and Academia

WU Xiaobo, Dean and Professor at Zhejiang University Faculty of Social Sciences, Hangzhou, PR China



The complete recording of this webinar is available here.




Silk-Road Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Leadership – The Role of AMBA&BGA Capacity Building and Joint Initiatives

WANG Zhongming, Professor at Zhejiang University and President of the Silk-Road Entrepreneurship Education Network, Hangzhou, PR China



Regional Innovation Ecosystems as Hotbeds of Global Entrepreneurship – How to spur Deep Tech Start-ups

Gunther FRIEDL, Professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Dean of the TUM School of Management, Munich, Germany



Co-Development and Innovation Performance – Insights from Europe and Asia

Amitava CHATTOPADHYAY, Professor at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France



Globalisation, Multilateralism and Economic Integration – The Shanghai Declaration 2020 and the Future of Cooperation in Managerial Education

Josep FRANCH, Professor and Dean of ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain



Corporate Innovation and Innovation Management in the US and China – Lessons learned from the MIT-Tsinghua Global MBA

Scott STERN, Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management, Boston, USA

The Changing Corporate Education Landscape in the US and the Potential of International Partnerships

Srilata ZAHEER, Dean and Professor at Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA



Business School Agendas for Educating 21st Century Corporate Leaders – What are the Key Takeaways?

Bodo B. SCHLEGELMILCH, Chair: Association of MBAs (AMBA) and Business Graduates Association (BGA), London, UK and Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), Vienna, Austria

Concepts for Health Care of the Future –

The Convergence of Biomedicine, AI and Machine Learning

Friday, 17 June 2022

Which are the real benefits of the convergence of biomedicine, AI and machine learning for patients and societies? What is the status-quo of technical capacities of AI and machine learning at the time being? Which fields of successful application unfold in personalized medicine, drug development and healthcare in Europe and China? These were the main research questions and topics of a webinar that was actually initiated by the renowned Swedish neuroscientist and European Chairman of the CDA Scientific Advisory Board Lars Y. Terenius, a former Member of the Nobel Assembly and the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.

Organised by CDA in collaboration with the Association of British Chinese Professors (ABCP), represented by its Executive Vice President and Professor of Anaesthesia at Imperial College London, Daqing Ma, the speakers of this webinar comprised leading scholars from Imperial College and King’s College London as well as one of the global thought leaders in industry regarding AI and digital transformation representing also a powerful venture capital corporation in China.​

More than 80 participants from Europe and Asia attended this event.

The final program of this joint CDA-ABCP webinar is available here.

The announcement of this webinar was posted on the ABCP-homepage here.


Welcome Address by ABCP

Professor Daqing MA, ABCP Executive Vice President and Professor at Imperial College London, UK

Welcome Address by CDA

Professor Lars Y. TERENIUS, European Chair of CDA Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), Professor at Karolinska Institutet, Member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden


AI and Healthcare – Future Challenges and Opportunities

Dr. Kai-Fu LEE, Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, Beijing, China



Ageing and Longevity Research at King’s: From Cell to Society

Dr. Richard SIOW, Director of Age Research at Kings (ARK), King’s College London, UK

Future EHR for Future Care

Professor Yike GUO, Director of Data Science Institute and Professor at Imperial College London, UK; Vice-President (Research and Development) of the Hong Kong Baptist University, China


Discussion with the Audience and Final Remarks

Alexander G. WELZL, President and Co-founder of China Data Analysis & Research Hub (CDA)



EU's Foreign Direct Investment Screening Framework & China's Outbound Investment

Monday, 30 November 2020

Leading experts from the EU, China and beyond analyse the impact of the new EU-wide Foreign Direct Investment Screening Regulation – binding and directly applicable in all Member States since 11 October 2020 – on China's outbound investment into the EU including the effects on critical infrastructure, innovation and technology such as AI as well as access to sensitive information from both a legal and an economic as well as a strategic point of view.


We organize this webinar jointly with DLA Piper one of the world’s largest law firms with offices in more than 30 countries in Asia (including China), Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Near East and USA and the Viennese based law firm of


Please register to this webinar by sending an email to the organizers:

CDA (Alexander G. Welzl or DLA Piper (Tugce Yalcin or register in advance for this webinar:​ Online registration.

Participation in this event is free of charge.


Among the distinguished speakers and experts are:

  • Cynthia Zimmermann, Director General for European Union and International Market Strategies, Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, Vienna/Austria

  • Francesca Spigarelli, Professor of Economics and Director of China Center, University of Macerata, Macerata/Italy

  • Ludger Giesberts, DLA Piper, Partner and Head of Litigation and Regulatory Group in Germany, Koeln/Germany

  • Alessandro Spano, Member of the Centre for Commercial Law and of the Centre for Law and Governance in Europe, University College London, London/UK

  • Masahiko Ishida, DLA Piper, Partner and Head of Corporate in Japan, Tokyo/Japan

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